A Writer’s Weekend

A busy weekend ahead. On Friday, I will be giving a reading at University of Cincinnati — Blue Ash campus on Friday morning and then I am heading to Louisville, KY for the Imaginarium writer’s conference. I will be there Friday and Saturday with three panels on Saturday. The rest of the time, I will be in the dealer’s room, either at the Post Mortem Press tables or at the Porkbelly Press table. On Sunday, I will be at Cincinnati Comic Expo, once again at the Post Mortem Press booth. If you are going to be there, stop by and see me!

Ten Books That Have Had an Influence on Me

1. The Little Golden Book of Noah and his Ark. (I used to drive my siblings and mother mad reciting this even before I could read.)

2. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. One of my favorites of his that I read over and over.

3. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaie and Edgar Parin d’Aulaie. The first book of mythology I read and it started a lifetime reading and study of mythology.
4. Mythology by Edith Hamilton. Because everyone who reads mythology has read Hamilton. :)5. The Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon. I started off reading mysteries. I also read Dana Girl mysteries and Nancy Drew because my sisters had them I would read anything.6. The Witch World Series by Andre Norton. Norton was my gateway author into SF/F and this was my favorite series by her.7. The Myth Adventures Series by Robert Asprin. I loved the humor in this fantasy series.8. The Magic of Xanth series by Piers Anthony. As a teen, I loved Anthony but eventually abandoned him because of the strange fetishes and often blatant sexism of his works.9. The Last Herald Mage Series by Mercedes Lackey. The first fantasy series I read with a gay protagonist. This had a huge impact on me.10. The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett. I love this series and still sometimes notice a little Pratchett sneaking into my writing.